J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ralph Kirkpatrick
Individual Works:24 Preludes and Fugues, BWV 870-893
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:2CD 463 623-2
Year Released/Recorded:recorded 1967
originally released 1969
this release 2001
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 67'43
disc 2: 67'26
Related Web Site:http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

Performance: Extraordinary
Recording: Excellent

This cd was released as part of "The Originals" by Deutsche Grammophon in its series Treasures from the Archives. It is very exciting that this historic treasure has finally been relased on cd (hopefully they will release book 2 as well).

This is one of the earliest recordings of the clavichord, Ralph Kirkpatrick was a leader in musicology (he re-cataloged all of the Scarlatti sonatas) and early performance style. His interpretation is vibrant and breathes life and energy into the Well-Tempered Clavier.

The sound is excellent and beautifully mastered from the old analog mono recording. A gem for any Bach music lover.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:06/19/2000